The 17th match of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2022 took place between Bangladesh and West Indies at Bay Oval Ground in Mount Maunganui. Bangladesh failed to improve their position in the Women’s World Cup 2022 points table after losing the game by 4 runs and continue to remain in the second position from the bottom of the table. With this defeat, the team has registered their third consecutive loss.
Winning the toss, Bangladesh sent West Indies to bat first. West Indies struggled against the bowlers and could manage to post a sub-par total of 140 runs. Shemaine Campbelle turned out to be the highest run-scorer of the side, playing an unbeaten knock of 53 runs. Only Hayley Matthews (18), Deandra Dottin (17), Afy Fletcher (17) scored in double-digits as the team lost wickets in quick succession as their final scoreboard flashed 140/9 by the end of the innings.
Salma Khatun and Nahida Akter starred with the ball as they both picked two wickets each, returning figures of 2 for 45 and 2 for 46 each. Besides, Jahanara Alam (1 for 29), Ritu Moni (1 for 11), and Rumana Ahmed (1 for 28) also made impressive returns with the ball. However, the heroics of the bowlers were all rendered in vain as the Bangladesh batting line-up crumbled completely against the bowling exploits of the West Indies women, who helped the team avert a disappointing defeat.
Bangladesh started off on a sluggish note and received their first blow in the first innings of their itself as they lost Shamina Sultana for zero. Sharmin Akhter (17) and Fargana Hoque (23) tried to keep their ship sailing but succumbed to the attacks of Hayley Matthews and Afy Fletcher, respectively. Matthews, the highest wicket-taker of the game, clinched four wickets conceding 50 runs. Fletcher (3 for 47) and Stafanie Taylor (3 for 42) also played pivotal roles in strangling the batting lineup to reduce the team to just 136 runs in 49.3 overs, thus, securing a four-run victory.
The victory has taken West Indies to the third spot of the Women’s World Cup points table as they are now at three wins in five matches.
Brief Scores: West Indies Women 140 for 9 (Campbelle 53*, Salma 2-23, Akter 2-23) beat Bangladesh Women 136 all out (Nigar Sultana 25, Hoque 23, Salma 23, Matthews 4-15, Fletcher 3-29, Taylor 3-29) by four runs